N04263 MADAME PATEY 1884
Inscr. ‘J.J. Shannon 1884’ t.l. and ‘J.J. Shannon 1884’ b.l.
Canvas, 50×35 (127×89).
Presented by Ethel Jackson, daughter of Madame Patey, 1927.
Exh: R.A., 1884 (627).
Repr: National Gallery, Millbank [Tate Gallery], Review of the Acquisitions, 1927–29, 1930, p.45.
Janet Monach Patey (1842–94) was a London-born contralto singer who achieved a considerable reputation as a concert performer and in oratorio. By 1870 she had succeeded Mme Sainton-Dolby as principal English contralto, a position she was to hold until her death in February 1894. This portrait, painted at the height of her fame, shows her poised as if in readiness to begin singing.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II